By Kevin Ivey | Oct 22 2012al-Masar ,joumhouri ,Nida Tounes ,popular movement ,protest ,
Several hundred members and supporters of opposition parties Nidaa Tounes, al-Masar, and al-Joumhouri protested on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis earlier today, calling for the fall of the current government.
Organizers called for the demonstration following the death of local Nidaa Tounes leader Lotfi Nagedh in Tataouine on Friday during a scuffle with members of the Committee for the Protection of the Revolution.
Carrying Tunisian flags and banners that read â€œNo to violenceâ€ and â€œNo to political violence,â€ the protesters peacefully marched along cityâ€™s main avenue and up to Human Rights Square.
The protest was substantially smaller than expected.
â€œWe came here because we are fed up. We want to say â€˜noâ€™ to ignorance. We want to say that we are done with their policies and that Tunisia is ours,â€ said Atef Mersni, a young woman at the protest.
â€œI came with my colleagues to demand the inclusion of the social requests of revolution in the constitution. The request are employment and regional development,â€ said Thamer Siyoudi, a member of the far-leftist Popular Movement.
A small counter-protest assembled along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, calling Nida Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi a â€œgerm.â€
Written by Myriam Ben Ghazi, Kevin Ivey, and Paul Rosenfeld